"The United States could fight an old-fashioned war against North Korea if necessary, even while newer forms of conflict against terrorists and extremists continue, the Army's top officer said Thursday.
Asked whether the United States would be prepared to fight if war broke out between South Korea and North Korea, Gen. George Casey replied, "The short answer is yes," then added that "it would probably take us a little bit longer to shift gears" away from the type of counterinsurgency fighting that now occupies the Army." Yahoonews
1- As I have said before the phony new/old dichotomy in forms of war that is the "flavor of the decade" is just that. War in its many forms has existed from time immemorial, often practised simultaneously in different conflicts or within the same conflict. To think otherwise is to demonstrate limited education and imagination. The current "kerfluffle" with the DPRK is a perfect example. The picture to accompany this news piece shows George Casey in his new/old Army Blue uniform telling congress that the US Army can both fight an "old" war and fight "new" wars. Incidentally, they should "lose" the wide gold cuff bands on the general officer uniform. It makes them look like "doormen."
2- Everyone seems to think that the DPRK leadership is both fragmented and mad as hatters. They also have a large ground force that has been planning an invasion of the South for fifty years. Why is it that we seem to be sure that they (the DPRK) won't resume the Korean War? No more momma and poppa USSR and China? That would work as an argument in dealing with sane people. Is a government that is building a ballistic missile force and nuclear program on the economic base of the DPRK really be judged to be made up of "rational actors?" pl